Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, November 03, 1887, Page 2, Image 2

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difficulties to surmount however. A large number of
the new sti dents have little realization of the im
portance of the literary society or have a disinclina
tion to take up its work. A great many are afflicted
with natural bashfulness which, especially if combined
with the feelings just mentioned, will keep them out
of society work a long time unless some outside in
fluence is brought to bear. We are willing then that
a moderate amount of "working" should be applied.
We have only a few words of warning and paternal
advice to these lately entered. Do not allow your
self to be taken in by exuberant instantaneous friend
ship or a bewitching glance from a Junior co-ed's
eye. Such things have their use but they do not
make orators and essayists. Accept all the oysters,
candy, fllattery and smiles which are offered, but be
not unduly influenced thereby. Examine all the lit
erary societies. Choose that one in which you feel
that you can do the best and greatest amount of liter
ary work. This may not always be thesociety which
shows off to the greatest advantage in their programs.
Such an one may have a number of excellent mem
bers who render fine exhibitions of their skill while
the younger and less experienced mem ber receives
little practice. The social port of society work is
certainly important, but any society is sure to have a
number of members whose acquaintance will be both
pleasant and helpful. It you are wise make literary
practice your prime object and give social pleasure a
minor place in making your decision. Hut do not
delay, for the sooner you join the more good you ob
tain from your work.
Since the beginning of this year an innovation has
been attempted in the matter of Senior orations by
having them delivered in chapel before the assembled
-multitudes. There has been a general objection by
all classes though of course there are exceptions.
This objection has been shown very strongly in va
rious ways by boycotting chapel, by leaving the
room when orations commenced, by much general
talking against the plan and by petitioning the
faculty for a change. Perhaps all these methods are
not exactly what should be done but it has at least
been made evident that the students as a rule do not
approve of chapel orations. This change of proce
dure is doubtless for the purpose of giving the Seniors
practice in oiatory. This is a most excellent thing
and we would be heartily m favor of it if we had no
other means of giving this practice. But we have lit
erary societies which are for that especial purpose and
others equally important. We hold that ihese so
cietiesareof more importance than anyone branch of
study in the curri'-ulum. If it has come to the ques
tion of soyiely or rhetoric class we say "Down with
rhetoric." It is hardly fair to expect that a Senior
will prepare distinct orations for rhetorical and so
ciety work. This requires him then to deliver an
oration twice, in part at least, before the same au
dience. Both orator and audience would prefer that
this be not so. There seems to us to be no reason
why the same rule followed in the other classes should
not be applied to the Senior class. If the professoi
of rhetoric wishes to hear the oration delivered before
a large audience, let him attend the society to which
each senior belongs and listen to its delivery there.
If the students "are not the University," they are
a rather important element of it and any attempt
upon the lives or prosperity of the literary societies
will be followed by trouble.
LITERARY.
Hefore entering upon the duties of our responsible position,
we made a careful study of the chief characteristics, mental
and otherwise, of the great writers from the base ball editor
of the primal antideluvian Chinese newspaper, down to Cod
ing. If any one peculiarity of the yens attracted our atten
tion more than another it was the proverbial beastly scrawl.
Homer recognises this as existing in his time. You will, no
doubt, recall the beautiful simile wherein he likens the writ
ing of the Grecian war-correspondents to turkey tracks in soft
mud. Now,' we thought, this custom is too well established
to be departed fiom. However, we have learned, to our sor
row, that the majority of silver linings have their cloud at
tachments. The typo, our honored co-laborer for the enlight
enment and elevation of mankind, managed to read our word
'magnified" as "manifested." If you will make .this cor
rection in the note on Mr. LangV Forum article, last issue of
Tub IIksi'i:kian, you may be able to find a little meaning in
the sentence.
In a recent number of The Fortnightly, George Saintsbury
re-discusses a well-worn subject in his article on "The Pres
ent State of the Novel." It must be almost as amusing as
tiresome to the modern masters of fiction to observe the 'an
alyses of their works and wrangles over them; that is, if the
said masters take time to observe such tilings, and we are
strongly inclined to believe they do not. How critically is
each new novel examined, dissected, and re-examined, and
how accurately is its precise tendency given and its cficct
foietold. While Mr. Saintsbury is somewhat given fo these
ways that critics have, yet he always includes so much that
is of real value in his productions that we should take the
more charitable plan and profit by his ideas and advice, and,
if our time is limited, skip the rest. In the case of the pres
ent article, the first four pages may be set down as exceed
ingly fit material for skipping, consisting almost entirely of a
Uriton's customary discussion of the merits of first person,
and written in the affable, conversational style that our cous
ins across the water seem to regard as especially winning.
The last three pages, however, arc worthy to be called good
literature. Mr. Saintsbury is icjoiccd at the disposition,
shown by Mr. Kider Ilaggaid and ? few othcis, to return to
the romance. Unquestionably the subjects uf manner and
custom analysis Jiave become well-worn; -as Mr. Saintsbury
says, it is 'working over and over again in shallow ground,
Which Yields a thinner mill U'l'l'difr lellllll nf ivrl-irfrnnninrTl
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1 lie public is ready loi a change, ai
come.
and some change must
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